How do I get rid of apple moth?

Q.

Hi Tui, how do I get rid of apple moth?

Kaylene McNabb

A.

Hi Kaylene

Apple moth, also known as 'codling moth' is prevalent now. Timing for controlling these moths is critical. They overwinter in the soil and crawl up the tree and enter the fruit. Codling moth pheromone traps hung in the tree are effective as they break the life cycle of the moth, but it is critical that they are hung from spring through summer (now). 

Alternatively corrugated cardboard wrapped around the base of the tree can capture the larvae. Dispose of by burning.

Once the worm is in the fruit there is no control. Your local garden centre or DIY store may recommend a suitable spray to protect fruit that can be used after petal fall and so no bees will be harmed. Collect fallen infected fruit and dispose of in the rubbish, not the compost as this helps spread the insect pests.

Thanks, Tui Team. 

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How do I get rid of apple moth? Comments

  • When should the card be put around the tree. Is now too late?

    Gordon Fitzgerald

    • Hi Gordon, the cardboard needs to be put around the tree in July or early August through to about December. This is to trap over wintering larvae from moving up the tree from the soil. It is best practise to pick up fallen fruit that may be infested in autumn.  Use cardboard in conjunction with pheromone traps which are used in September/October to attract the male and to break the life cycle.

      Tui Team